1. Send The Mister onto the roof with his Jason mask to clear out the gutters.
2. Dust off the witch hat.
3. Don the Halloween socks.
4. Assemble the treats.
5. Light the candles.
6. Bake the beans and goblin franks.
7. Carve the mini pumpkin and toast burn the seeds.
8. Gather the spirits.
9. Light up the night.
10. Make doughnuts.
11. Eat doughtnuts until you are sick.
12. Crash on the couch with some Halloween favorites.
13. Head to bed with a favorite Halloween book.
I'm declaring this weekend a Halloween weekend because for someone who wasn't doing much of anything this year, I've got a giant Halloween mess on my hands and it's staying put until Monday.
Happy weekend y'all!
The Mister had to make a frantic trip to the attic when I suddenly decided that I couldn't have a year without Halloween even if no one was coming knocking.
See those spider webs behind Jack? They are real. My house is made for Halloween. It's always spooky around here.
We even dug out the terrible old wooden wreath I painted years and years ago when we lived in another house with a whole lot of kids. Halloween without kids is not much fun.
I pulled an all nighter with my Halloween DVDs and got the edging on my runner finished. I was doing the Time Warp at 2 am but it's done.
Not bad for using only scraps. I would have liked more contrast with the background material but it is what it is....
...and what it is, is covered with candy. You send The Mister out with for a bag or two just in case someone comes and he comes home with enough for a herd. We can only hope. The pumpkin lights will be glowing tonight. I'll be waiting....
My poor little Halloween runner is made up of Daddio's scrap paper pieces. He made a gorgeous runner last year and I love it so I snatched the leftovers. It's the same material I made my apron out of and I wish I had bought more. It was great collection and now it's all gone. Boo.
Like many of you predicted yesterday, I decided to have a late night and get most of it done. I love paper piecing but I hate taking out the paper because I think it's pretty. Daddio does a great job with his pieces. They are all little works of art.
Something ridiculously simple that is making me very happy right now is using a loop of masking tape to catch all my thread scraps. I always make such a mess when I sew and coming up this little trick has made my night. It doesn't take much.
I had been lamenting the lack of fall colored dishcloths in my stash and not happy about the color choices of cotton online. I was ready to believe no one made an autumnal colorway when I spied this cone at Joanne's.
It's even called Autumn Leaves. I see lots of dishcloths in my future-even a small doggie one or two.
I also finally broke down and bought myself a pumpkin. I didn't grow any this year and I was resigned to not having any but I caved- a little. This cutie was only $2. If I get a handful of seeds to roast on Halloween, I'll be happy.
I really missed the boat with this pom pom thing. I wasn't even close to the size Daughter wanted. When she said big she meant BIG.
This took some thinking and You Tubing.
I've done this cardboard thing before so I had an idea of what had to go on but the devil was in the details. After struggling through the first one, I realized it was possible to cut a slit to get the yarn through. Much better.
This enormous amount of yarn had a lot of spring to it. It took The Mister and I to cut between the cardboard discs without it springing off in a very alarming way.
I took a tip from weaving and used some strong carpet warp to tie the thing together in the middle. I followed that up with yarn so I could sew it on the top of the hat.
But.....after all that work, that giant pom pom was too big and round for her liking so I ended up ditching the cardboard and just wrapping the yarn around my Kindle, believe it or not, and cutting the loops later to get a more relaxed looking pom pom. I also completely redesigned the hat to make it look more like the one she had sent me a picture of. The one on the left is in Half Linen Stitch with a much flatter top so the pom pom sits down on it better. Goodness, so much drama for a simple little hat.
After all that, I'm still not sure if I am close to an acceptable pattern or pom pom but what I do have is an ever growing pile of pom pom waste and a new found appreciation for the silly things.
Pom poms are hard.